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Non-essential shops to reopen on April 12 under Boris roadmap out of lockdown plan

Non-essential shops to reopen on April 12 under Boris roadmap out of lockdown plan

NON-essential shops can open their doors again on April 12 as lockdown restrictions are lifted.Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced plans for bu

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NON-essential shops can open their doors again on April 12 as lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced plans for businesses re-opening and the country returning to normal.

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Shoppers can visit more stores when they reopen in April

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Shoppers can visit more stores when they reopen in AprilCredit: Alamy

In a speech to Parliament today, the PM revealed a four-step roadmap detailing what activities people can do and when – as long as coronavirus cases continue to fall.

Restrictions will be lifted first for schools, which can reopen from March 8 bringing relief for families homeschooling.

Six people or two households will be allowed to meet with each other outside from March 29.

Having a drink outside will follow as part of the gradual lifting of restrictions, along with non-essential retail re-opening on April 12.

It comes as…

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From April there will be table service outdoors and you’ll be able to get takeaway pints.

You won’t have to buy food like you did under previous rules when pubs reopened and there will also be no curfews.

Mr Johnson will speak to the nation in a press conference at 7pm tonight.

Only essential shops have been allowed to open since January in the latest lockdown, including supermarkets and pharmacies.

Other retailers considered non-essential have been closed since the start of the year – but they have been allowed to offer pick up of click and collect orders made online.

Pubs and restaurants are set to open fully for drinking and eating indoors later on May 17.

Gyms will fully re-open from this date too while big events, including those at sports stadiums, allowed to go ahead.

But the roadmap will depend on coronavirus infection rates and deaths.

These are falling while the number of people being vaccinated is rising each day.

Lockdown has helped reduce case rates

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Lockdown has helped reduce case rates
Millions of people have already been vaccinated

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Millions of people have already been vaccinated

There are four tests the government says need to be passed before restrictions are eased:

  • The vaccine deployment programme continues successfully
  • Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths in those vaccinated
  • Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which would put unsustainable pressure on the NHS
  • Our assessment of the risks is not fundamentally changed by new Variants of Concern

A Whitehall source told The Sun: “There will be four steps, possibly five, each with dates and details about what businesses can reopen and which activities will be allowed.”

A senior government source added: “There will be no more tiers. We’ll be taking these steps as one nation.

It comes as Boris Johnson vowed to offer every adult in Britain a jab against Covid-19 by the end of July.

And The PM is confident he can speed up the vaccination programme to free the country from lockdown sooner than planned.

More than 17 million have been vaccinated — including two-thirds of the 65 to 69 age group who only received their invitation letters last week — thanks to hard-working NHS staff.

Mr Johnson now plans to speed up jabs for over-50s, with a completion target of April 15.

It means 98 per cent of those most likely to die, or be hospitalised, will be protected by then.

He will also stand by his pledge to offer a second dose within 12 weeks of the first.

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This post first appeared on thesun.co.uk

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